The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
All Good Things
Meet David Marks, the ambivalent scion of the Marks family, a New York real-estate dynasty that owns half of Times Square, rubs elbows with senators, and is so assimilated into Scarsdale’s WASPy habits that the only evidence of their Jewish background comes when David’s best friend teases him about the shiksa he’s fallen for—beautiful, blond Katie, an aspiring medical student. All Good Things is fiction, but David—like everyone else onscreen—is a based on a real person: Robert Durst, son of Seymour Durst, the late head of the very real Durst Organization property empire. Robert Durst’s wife, Kathie, disappeared in 1982, and the film suggests that she was the first of a string of people killed by an increasingly unstable “David Marks.” The Durst Organization threatened to sue filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, who also made the documentary Capturing the Friedmans, over his characterization of Seymour Durst—lightly disguised as “Sanford Marks” in the film—but Robert Durst, who spent four years in a Texas prison on charges of evidence tampering in another murder case, told the New York Times he liked the movie and Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of his younger self. “Close,” he told the paper. “Not as good as the real thing.”
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